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hiddenhome Mon 11-May-15 17:11:43

I want to know about everyone's old cats. What they do, what they like, their funny ways, everything.

My old cat is getting on for 19 now. She was a rescue cat. She doesn't groom herself and has just been to the vets to have all her back fur shaved off. She's looking a lot better, so I've bought her a new collar to complete the new, improved look.

She has a favourite Hello Kitty soft toy that she carries around. She only eats small amounts and is thin as a rake, but can still run up and down stairs.

She hassled us all last night because the stove wasn't lit. She lives beside the stove all the time and has her bed there. Sometimes, she sits on the window sill and watches the world go by.

She can be incredibly vicious, but is mellowing slightly now.

I've known her for as long as I've known dh smile

Cantbelievethisishappening Mon 11-May-15 18:45:50

What a lovely introduction your cat. Such an incredible age.
My cat is not as old as yours but is getting on. He has heart problems and TBH he is living on borrowed time. I am living in absolute dread for the day I lose him.
I got him from a rescue shelter when he was 4 months old and he had been badly abused as a kitten. He escaped in the reception area of the shelter and lodged himself behind the pamphlet counter. The poor staff were chasing him around for ages. I think they thought I would change my mind about having him.
He was so nervous I couldn't touch him for a month.
He is still very nervy but is so sweet and loving. He hates being touched downstairs but is happy to lie on the floor upstairs and be stroked. He sat on my lap for the first time after he had been with me five years.
He likes to lay on my pillow at night and poor DH doesn't get a look in. DH woke up one morning with cat hair attached to his unshaved bit of face....!!

I love him so much

Rollypoly100 Mon 11-May-15 21:32:03

This is my boy. He came from a rescue centre at 13. He was originally picked up in London as his owners had moved house and left him behind. He's now 15 so not too old. He had terrible mouth problems and had to have practically all his teeth out. He didn't really like people very much and it's taken time but he's now the most loving cat. He's incredibly vocal, can be a little bitey if the Feliway has run out but we love him very much.

hiddenhome Mon 11-May-15 22:02:50

Aw, these two stories are lovely smile

Does your cat need medicine Cant?

I read that they can become vocal when their hearing starts to go.

Mine gets anxious once we've all gone to bed and it's dark. She goes around calling to us as she can't figure out where we've gone. I have to get up and put the light on and let her know we're still there and she's fine and goes back to the fire.

When ds2 was born nearly 11 years ago, she took to bringing live mice in. She'd never, ever done it before and I think she may have been bringing them in for us to feed to ds.

She'd go underneath his cot at his 7pm bed time and not venture downstairs until he'd settled down to sleep. Once she returned to the lounge, I knew he'd nodded off.

She loves dh with a passion and will go to him for a cuddle and drool on him. She never does it to anyone else.

Rollypoly100 Mon 11-May-15 22:19:00

We've noticed our boy is very deaf. He seems to shout when he first comes in through the cat flap. I call him and he usually finds where I am. He is very active though and loves the garden. We hope he'll be with us when he's 20!

hiddenhome Mon 11-May-15 22:31:04

It's funny the way they shout.

My old girl poops in the flower bed, but I don't mind. It's easily cleaned up.

eleventybillion Mon 11-May-15 22:35:45

Loving these stories!

This is my gorgeous girl. She's 15 now so getting on a bit but still looking fab as a slightly more <ahem> mature lady. She came to live with me after her previous home was just too full of cats/dogs/children and spent the first month hiding under the table. Thankfully she's realised that she is in fact the queen (or the nearest I'll ever come) and is a very happy, chatty kitty.

This was after a recent dental. She was not impressed!

She's had a few near death experiences and lost several of her nine lives (it's never a good sign when you're famous at the vets) but I like to think she's pretty much indestructible. I really do luffs her!

Cantbelievethisishappening Mon 11-May-15 22:48:12

Yes Hidden..... every day. His heart is failing and he has to have a chest drain every few weeks as fluid builds up around his lungs.

eleventy Fabulous picture.
Do lovely you rehomed an old lad Rolly

hiddenhome Mon 11-May-15 23:42:38

Loving these pictures smile

isadorable Tue 12-May-15 07:57:45

Mine was born at the foot of my bed 16 years ago last week. He has travelled to Lithuania and France with me and now he's going to come back to UK. He has kidney problems but his medication mostly keeps it under control. He talks a lot - my vet says it is dementia that makes them yowl and get disorientated. Honestly, he seems very happy most of the time. He still comes for a cuddle and since I split with dp, he's been looking after me. My 4 year-old dd adores him and they're beginning to sit on the sofa together now... When she was smaller, he used to hide from her.

Rollypoly100 Tue 12-May-15 17:58:44

Aren't oldies lovely. Loving all these photos. Here's another of my boy this morning relaxing in the sun.

MissisBee Tue 12-May-15 18:11:28

Ours will be 16 in a couple of weeks. In the last 2 years he's had to have his thyroid and an eye removed.

He is also very shouty. He likes to be warm and will shout for the fire to be lit in winter. He gets pouches of soft food as a treat and will stand and shout at the cupboard if he wants one. He will also shout at doors rather than come through his cat flap and to be lifted down from the window ledge (which he manages to jump onto with no bother). Usually it's my dad that gives in to him.

He has always been very territorial and still wins arguments with neighbourhood cats. The fur on his back is getting thin but he still loves a cuddle and a play with his toy mouse.

hiddenhome Tue 12-May-15 19:24:16

Aw, they're like little old people aren't they?

thecatneuterer Tue 12-May-15 20:11:11

Here are Violet(black) and Myrtle (Tabby) (I like my oldies to have old people names grin). Violet and her sister had been living without shelter in someone's garden for around 16 years, when CHAT took them in and I ended up with them. Her sister died after around a year.

At around the same time I took in Myrtle and her sister who had been living on some flat rooves, again without shelter, for about the same length of time. Her sister also died after about a year.

Violet and Myrtle then became best friends. After about another year Myrtle became blind, at which point Violet never left her side and used to lead her around. Myrtle died aged around 20 and Violet just a few weeks later.

hiddenhome Tue 12-May-15 23:24:10

That's a lovely story about Violet and Myrtle. Look at them cuddling. I'd love to have cats who cuddle each other.

Mine just glare and keep their distance grin

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